Harrison Smith: Vikings safety feels a lot better


Harrison Smith appears to be on the road to recovery after missing last Sunday’s game with a knee injury.

The Vikings didn’t need Harrison Smith to win their last game, but let’s not press our luck on that anyway.

I don’t know about you but I’d feel a lot better having Smith out there. And apparently the safety is indeed well on his way to returning.

Smith was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday but he told reporters that he’s actually much improved (via StarTribune):

"Smith sounded after practice like he’ll be ready to go by Sunday. He was asked how he feels compared to last week.“A lot better,” said Smith, who missed Sunday’s game in Atlanta. “I’m still not doing everything right now, but I’ll get some more action tomorrow and should have a pretty good idea by Friday.”"

Last week with Smith out the Vikings turned to Antone Exum, who finished the game with three tackles and a big fumble recovery after Anthony Barr’s epic strip of Tevin Coleman.

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Don’t let’s mention that Exum’s dismal attempt at tackling Coleman actually contributed to the back running for 46 yards before Barr swooped in to save the day.

By game’s end, Exum was playing alongside fellow backup Robert Blanton, who was forced to enter the game when Andrew Sendejo went out.

Speaking of Sendejo, he missed all of practice on Wednesday with a bad knee.

Lots of hurt safeties, which is why there’s a good chance the Vikings will make a move to sign Anthony Harris off the practice squad.

And that means somebody else will have to go on IR or be cut.